Sedan Chair, Seoul, Korea
This card captures beautifully a moment in time as the group of men walk towards the camera the breeze or their speed fluttering the overcoats. The overcoats are called durumagi a traditional garment worn not only against the cold but for ceremonial purposes.
The uses of the sedan chair (or gama) in Korea are summed up by Wikipeadia in a paragraph
"In Korea, royalty and aristocrats were carried in elaborately decorated litters called gama. Gamas were primarily used by royalty and government officials. There were six types of gama, each assigned to different government official rankings. In traditional weddings, the bride and groom are carried to the ceremony in separate gamas. Because of the difficulties posed by the mountainous terrain of the Korean peninsula and the lack of paved roads, gamas were preferred over wheeled vehicles".I wonder who was in the sedan chair? This is not a Korean card because they wrote on the picture side of the card from 1900-07. Japan, France and other European countries produced cards in the 1900s based on existing cards. So our sender had possibly not been to Korea but sends
Christmas greetings and a wish for better weather on 23 December 1907 from the southern English seaside town of Weymouth.
A card for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth of The Best Hearts Are Crunchy.